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Show your colors (blue) at August 8 – 10 DEQ hearings on Mountain Valley Pipeline!

August 7, 2017

Drinking water

The Mountain Valley Pipeline  threatens at least 4 major water sources in the Roanoke region:

  1. Western Virginia Water Authority (WVWA) ~ Spring Hollow Water Reservoir
  2. City of Salem Water ~ treatment plant that uses Roanoke River as direct source
  3. Thousands of private ground water wells in Giles, Craig, Montgomery, Roanoke, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties
  4. Regional public ground water wells used by WVWA and Salem,

It would cross the Roanoke River and its tributaries over 120 times above Roanoke; go straight up and down extremely steep slopes (often over 30 percent);  impact about 17,000 acres of forest in Virginia; and traverse cave-filled karst terrain over much of its course it Virginia.

WHAT TO SAY. Here is a simple handout for what to say. (You only get 3 minutes).You can find more ideas on our previous post. Keep it simple and use personal examples. You will only have 3 minutes! Since our last post, State Senator John Edwards of Roanoke has written an excellent letter to DEQ.

WHEN AND WHERE. AND WEAR! Wear blue to show your support for clean water! No backpacks or signs inside the hearing room. DEQ has published a booklet on how it works. There will be two public hearings in Virginia (neither of them on the pipeline route in Giles, Craig, Montgomery, Roanoke or Franklin counties).

  • AUGUST 8, 2017, 6:00 pm to 10 pm. RADFORD UNIVERSITY, Preston/Bondurant Auditorium, 801 East Main Street, Radford, VA 24142. Park only in Lot A (adjacent to Auditorium), or Lots E and U (University Drive bridge access to Auditorium). Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club has scheduled a carpool available at 3:30 from Exit 140 on I 81 via their Meetup group.
  • AUGUST 9, 2017, 6:00 to 10:00 pm. CHATHAM HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 100 Cavalier Circle, Chatham, Virginia 24531. Park only in designated areas on school property/

There will also be two public forums – which are not formal hearings but will have DEQ staff in attendance:

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has the legal authority – and responsibility – to deny permits to Mountain Valley Pipeline under Virginia Administration Code 9 VAC 25-210-80! Connecticut and New York have already denied water permits to 3 federally-approved pipelines due to their negative impacts on the states’ waters.

Yet DEQ is not allowing citizens on the pipeline route to comment on information being collected about the pipeline. DEQ is collecting detailed information from the pipeline company about proposed construction of this large and dangerous pipeline. However, the DEQ will not even receive this information from the pipeline company until late August 2017. Yet DEQ is holding public hearings in completing its public hearings on August 8 and 9, 2017 and will have no hearings in communities along the pipeline route in Giles, Craig, Montgomery, Roanoke or Franklin counties. The public will never have an opportunity to comment on information that directly affects their drinking water!

You can also comment (in much more detail) in writing.  The deadline is August 22, 2017.

Hand-delivery: DEQ, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Postal mail: DEQ, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218
Email: e-mail to: comment-mvp@deq.virginia.gov

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